Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's my right!


Today while I am surfing around the web I came across - http://www.georgiacarry.org . This is an interesting web site that has tons of information on it that could be useful to some and handy to many who support the “Right to Bear Arms”.


"The Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home." I call it your right to carry protection when and where the governments say it is ok to carry it!

A Georgia Weapons Carry License allows you to carry a handgun on or about your person, openly or in a holster or similar device, in which event the weapon may be concealed by your clothing, or a handbag, purse, attaché case, briefcase, other closed container, or in any location in a motor vehicle.

Now let’s make this simple (not really, just a play on words) – where you can not carry a gun in Georgia if you have a “Georgia Weapons Carry License”: a Government Building, a courthouse, in a jail or prison, in a place of worship, in a state mental health facility, in a bar unless the owner permits carry (the owner has to grant permission for you to be able carry), on the premises of a nuclear power facility, polling location and on any school grounds. More details can be obtained by reading Georgia Law - 


Last know interesting fact: the State of Georgia does not require the registration of firearms owned by its citizens. Georgia law actually prohibits local city/county governments from registering firearms when applying for a firearms license.

Now that you are educated, go obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License at your probate court in the county in which you live in.


THANKS FOR READING….. Branch



About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are supporters and volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their two labs “Jake” and “Scout".



Sunday, May 27, 2012

A history lesson about.... Memorial Day





Memorial Day, was originally called “Decoration Day”, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died for our nation while serving in the military.

There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

Today, most people view Memorial Day as another day off but perhaps we should all give thanks to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice so we can have a day off. Paying tribute to the fallen soldiers can be as simple as taking a personal moment of silence, display your appreciation to a family of a fallen soldier or help your local cemetery place flags on gravesites, or maybe just attending a local Memorial Day parade with your family.

 It's up to us to keep the memories alive of the fallen and to pass on the importance of this holiday to the younger generations. So spend a few moments this weekend with your children and grandchildren and tell them what Memorial Day is truly all about…..


THANKS FOR READING ….. Branch

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are supporters and volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their two labs “Jake” and “Scout".


Monday, May 21, 2012

Vacation

I am gone on vacation for a week, my blogs will be back up Memorial Day....

Thanks for Reading..... BRANCH

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Styling & Profiling.... My summer shades!


One of the most important things to look for in any sunglasses is do they have 100% UV protection. Everyone likes their sunglasses to fit properly. If the sunglasses are properly fitted, it will allow the lens to breathe around your eyes. More than anything, this will not allow the sunglasses to fog up when air is passing between your lenses and the skin around the eyes. If you are a boater or a fisherman (aka: fishing person) I would recommend looking for an impact-resistant lens, that protects your eyes from all sorts of injuries while fishing or boating.

Got a note from my friends at Costa today - check out there new rimless shades for the summer!

Costa Sunglasses three new styles: Galveston, Rockport and Seadrift. Read more at https://www.costadelmar.com/home

These are three new rimless styles available in Costa’s 580P™ lens technology. What’s unique about them, though, is the sturdy engineering not usually found in a lightweight rimless style of sunglasses. “You’ve seen rimless sunglass styles before, but not with the level of engineering ingenuity placed in these new Costas,” said Chas MacDonald, president of Costa Sunglasses. “Even though they’re so lightweight, you’ll be amazed at the strength these frames have to offer.” 

Look for my next article coming soon,  "Summer Fishing Clothing".


THANKS FOR READING….. Branch

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are supporters and volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their two labs “Jake” and “Scout".







Monday, May 7, 2012

Mother's Day should be all Week...


One day a year is just not enough time for me to recognize my Mom! This lady has been a driving force in my education, career, beliefs, life and marriage. I think about her every day and I use what she has taught me in my everyday life.
 
Mom's teach you right and wrong. 
Mom's help you make decisions. 
Mom's hold you when you need holding. 
Mom's encourage and support you. 
Mom's watch over you, even thou you do not know she is there.  
Mom's go to work so your life is better than what she had.
Mom's know what your saying & thinking. 
Mom's drive you to a tutor so you can improve you education. 
Mom's pray for our safety.
Mom's drive you to work so you can earn money to buy a car. 
Mom's tell you it's going to be alright, when you see no hope.
Mom's calm your fears. 
Mom's work shoulder to shoulder with you when a job needs to get done. 
Mom's hand is always on your shoulders even when you do not see her.
 
Mom's just there! 
 
Mom, without you, there would be no me.






THANKS FOR READING….. Branch

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 16 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are supporters and volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their two labs “Jake” and “Scout."